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Egret on Snow-covered Branch
by Shoson, Ohara (1877-1945)- Koson - 小原祥邨-小原古邨
|Artist:||Shoson, Ohara (1877-1945)- Koson - 小原祥邨-小原古邨|
|Title:||Egret on Snow-covered Branch|
|Date:||1910s (this item: First edition)|
|Publisher:||Watanabe - 渡辺|
|Medium:||Woodblock - 木版画|
|Format:||Mitsugiri - 三つ切り, 16.7 x 37.4cm (image size)|
|Condition:||This print has good colour and bleed through; it is attached along the upper margin to a mat board and has its original margins. It still has the light brown detail on the feathers and green around the beak, two colours that fade out first in old prints exposed to light. Age appropriate uniform light toning and three tiny brown spots on the feathers. There are some slight surface marks on black background which are only visible when viewed at an angle. If you know your prints you know how hard this is to find and in such fine condition.|
|Price:||$2550 (EMS Express worldwide shipping: $20)|
|Notes:||This item is available for purchase from my colleague in Santa Fe, USA.
This is the holy grail of Shoson's fabulous woodblock career. Pictured on the cover of the first edition of Crows Cranes and Camellias. Considered pre-earthquake, it was never reprinted and is as rare as they come. Quoting from Crows Cranes and Camellias: "Richard Illing describes the print as 'a masterpiece of graphic art.' The print is executed in black and various shades of grey with touches of colour in the bird's leg, beak and eyes. Gaufrage has been employed on the feathers in combination with a pale shade of brown. There is also embossing on the snow-covered tendrils of the tree branches. The snowflakes have been created by unprinted areas in the black background. The result is very effective and dramatic."
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